Sunday, April 1, 2012

My POV: Rapture by Phillip W. Simpson & GIVEAWAY!!

Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 300 pages
Published October 21st 2011 by Pear Jam Books
The Rapture has occurred, just as the Bible predicted. The faithful have risen up to Heaven. Those left behind are in a living hell.

Earth burns, hell-like in its oppressive heat. Every volcano in the world has erupted, and tsunamis and earthquakes continue to devastate the planet. Clouds continually rain ash onto the scorched landscape, sparking fires all around. Plants and animals are dying. Food is scarce. The night sky is devoid of stars, and the moon - when it can be seen - is the colour of blood.

The remnants of humanity fight for survival. Most have fled the cities and now hide in caves deep in the mountains. By night, demons stalk the Earth, capturing the remaining humans and killing them - if they're lucky. The less fortunate are converted to worship of the Devil, and ushered into endless hell.

Eighteen year old, Sam (short for Samael) was raised in the town of Jacob's Ladder, Utah. It is appropriately enough near to a place of natural scenic beauty called Devil's garden. He finds himself alone, unable to rise up with his family because he is half demon. His mother, a devout Christian, was seduced by Satan and conceived his child. She smuggled the boy to an old friend Hikari, a Japanese sword master and demon expert. Since then, Hikari and his daughter, Aimi, have been all the family Sam has known.

Now they're gone, and Sam must set out on the mission Hikari charged him with long ago: to help all the humans left behind. Armed only with his beloved Japanese swords and his wits, Sam wanders the post-apocalyptic world alone, separated forever from everyone he loves. Cursed by his demonic heritage, he must now embark on a quest that will take him across the US to the City of Angels.

There he will confront his destiny. There he must fight to save a friend ... and the souls of the living.--Goodreads

 
Rating: 

My POV

This book really surprised me as to how good it was. It is a captivating story with non stop action and a kick ass character. I thought is was very well written and easy to follow. I hated to put this book down for a second but unfortunately life got in the way a couple of times but when I picked up where I left off I would be totally emerged in this story immediately. I was so sucked in each time that everything around me would fade away and I felt like I was inside of Phillip's world. This hell on earth full of despair and destruction, trying to survive in an unforgiving place where only the unbelievers and sinner where left behind. This book is truly scary to a non believer like me. Maybe that is why I was so mesmerized by it. It was fascinating to see this point of view of the end of the world.

Sam is the main character and he has one goal. One very important mission to fulfill. Kill the antichrist. Ya, easier said than done. Especially with so many obstacles in his way and incapacitating feeling of utter despair of losing the only two people, Hikari and Aimi, he loved to the Rapture. But he pulls himself together because Hikari, his sensei and care taker, would demand it of him. Every night since the rapture he fights the demons that come for him because this is what he was trained to do. Once he is somewhat prepared he leave Jacob's Ladder and heads out on his journey to find the antichrist in Los Angles. This trip is long and treacherous but Sam never gives up. When he finally arrives thing start to look up for a bit but then he is faced with an unimaginable situation. Safe the girl you love more anything or save the world? Oh and did I forget to mention that he is half demon himself. Yes it is quit the scandal.

Phillip took dystopian in a different direction than most other authors have and it work out well. It does have a strong religious theme or base but it is not preachy. I don't do well with books like that and will but them down immediately if I fell they are. I felt it was about our choice to believe or not and what the effect could be. Rapture is such a great story with action, love, and demons. As a dytopian junkee this one is high on my recommendation list. I will be watching out for the next installment of this series because now I'm hooked. Make sure to check this one out guys. I'm sure you will enjoy it!   
 
Quote
"No, Sam. You will not be taken by the Rapture. The higher order of demons were once angels. The were cast out of Heaven along with their leader, the Father of Lies. The same blood that runs in their veins also runs in yours. Like them, you are forever denied entry into Heaven. That is not your destiny. You destiny is to provide succour for the good souls left behind. And there will be many."

Other books in this series
Tribulation
October 1, 2012

Apocalypse
2013


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 The GIVEAWAY!!
One signed copy of Rapture will be given to one lucky winner! 
This giveaway is provided by Phillip W. Simpson and he has been generous enough to make it available Internationally!
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1 comment:

  1. Hi!
    This book sounds really great and I'm totally drawn by the cover, the eye is mesmerizing! Thanks for this chance!

    Proserpine

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